THE Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, McCarthy Insurance Group and developer Michael O’Flynn were the winners of Cork Business Association’s top honours at its annual awards.
Cork Business of the Year in the Large Category went to the Jazz Festival, which was recognised for its more than 40 years of mixing business and culture in the city on the October bank holiday weekend.
Starting in the Metropole Hotel in 1978, the festival is estimated by local business figures to be worth almost €45m to the regional economy.
In 2018, some 1,000 musicians from more than 20 countries flew to Cork, with free entertainment in more than 70 pubs across the city.
Cork Business of the Year in the Medium Category went to McCarthy Insurance Group, which began in a small office in Fermoy in 1952 to become the largest family-owned brokerage in the country.
The firm now has eight offices in Cork city and county, with nearly 20 other Cork brokerages, holding over €200m in client funds and employing around 200 staff.
Mr O’Flynn of the O’Flynn Group was honoured as the inaugural Champion of Cork for “contributing not just to business but leaving a mark on society in general over a lifetime”.
The award was the brainchild of the late James O’Sullivan and Owen O’Callaghan, two of the most recognisable business leaders in Cork over the past 50 years.